Canada Day Celebrations
Morning folk may enjoy the Sunrise Ceremony, in which a Metrobus shuttles sun seekers from the Aliant Building parking lot (Fort William) to Signal Hill at 4am to munch birthday cake and watch the sun’s first rays peek over the horizon in celebration of Signal Hill’s 50 years as a National Historic Site. If you sleep in and miss the bus, celebrate the Canada Day Fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake at 10pm.
July 1 – 13
12 days of sonic exploration with all the bells and whistles. Concerts, workshops, installations, outdoor events, live improv, Night Music, Quiet Music, Harbour Symphonies and Cape Spear Project. Check out this year’s line up at soundsymposium.com
Shakespeare by the Sea Festival
July 6 – August 18
Performances of Antony and Cleopatra are set for Harbourside Park while Rats in the Walls & The Cask of Amontillado (Poe, not Shakespeare, but who’s counting?) happen in the creepy Newman Wine Vaults. The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing are scheduled for Bowring Park. Learn more at nfld.com/~sbts/.
Neighbourhood Wide Flea Market
The Georgestown Neighbourhood Association hosts the best (biggest?) flea market of the season. The streets will be lined with other people’s previously loved.
Wonderbolt Circus Show
July 15 – 22
You can’t go wrong with the circus. Ringmaster Beni Malone has assembled a troupe from near and far including aerial acrobats, jugglers, unicyclists, hula hoopers, and even a strong woman. Musical maestro George Morgan and The Wonderbolt Band back it all up with tunes. The site for this year’s big top is the CLB Armoury on Harvey Road. For details check out wonderbolt.ca.
St. John’s Jazz Festival
July 16 – 20
Jazz things up with the extremely funky L’Orkestre des pas Perdus, the smart David Virelles Quintet and the incredible Chris Tarry Group or take in some of the more quiet venue jazz. One of the confirmed locations is Harbourside Park. Learn more as the schedule solidifies at stjohnsjazzfestival.com.
Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series
July 19 / August 2, 16 & 30
Music, storytelling, readings, sounds and visual art meet in the bird sanctuary at Cape St Mary’s Interpretation Centre. Details available at capestmarysperformanceseries.ca
July 17 – 21
Grand Falls-Windsor plays host to Metric, Blue Rodeo, Finger Eleven, Hedley, Crash Parallel, Papa String and The Trailer Park Boys. For the full schedule visit salmonfestival.com.
Lantern Festival, July 26
An afternoon of family-friendly festivities in Victoria Park by evening culminates into the park being reclaimed as a site of a wondrous lit up lantern installation and evening procession led by percussionists. Check for updates on lantern-making workshops at fovp.org.
Bluegrass & Old-Time Country Music Jamboree
July 26 & 27
Bay Roberts welcomes Crooked Stovepipe, EastWind, Nova Scotia’s Close to Home along other bluegrass performers. For details visit bluegrass-nl.ca.
Pippy Park Summerfest & Summerdance
July 26 & 27
A free dance festival showcasing the wide range of styles, traditions and forms found in this province, from belly dancing to line dancing to ballet, all on an outdoor stage. For more info see pippypark.com/tours.shtml.